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MANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts’ Rey Guevarra won the Slam Dunk Competition at the PBA All-Star Weekend for a third straight year after outlasting teammate Chris Newsome in the finals on Friday, August 5, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Guevarra had scores of 50 and 47 in the finals from the judges for a total of 97, which barely scraped by the 96 points of Newsome who received a 46 in his first dunk and then got a 50 in the second.
For his first slam in the finals, Newsome juggled 3 basketballs and finished with a tomahawk, and then followed that up with a 360-degree jam from the baseline off a Scottie Thompson pass.
Guevarra, on the other hand, went with a between-the-legs jam under the basket and for his finale, threw down a dunk after jumping over Jericho Cruz and Raymond Almazan.
Guevarra joined KG Caneleta as the only players to win the event 3 straight years.
Watch the slams of both guys in the finals below:
In the first round, Guevarra had a score of 94 and Newsome got an 88 from the judges to make the finals. Franklin Bonifacio of Ginebra came in third with 80, while James Forrester of NLEX was last with 74 points.
Judges of the competition were Alvin Patriomonio, Nic Belasco, Johnny Abarrientos, Bong Ravena, and Canaleta. – Rappler.com